Fans of a new car can be very thorough when it comes to their chosen car, even checking foreign sales sites to see if they are missing out on any exciting features or being ripped off in price. The latest difference to be noticed was that on the Spanish site for the BMW i3, where an optional extra of Bateria de major potencia was shown. A quick drop into Google Translate tell you this is: “longer battery power” or, how it was read by the person who discovered it “higher capacity battery”.
On the site it was listed as being an €0 option with no description which led to some people believing it was something in the system that had accidentally been published possibly leaking the fact that BMW was planning to offer Spanish customers a larger battery pack to make the i3 and i3REx go further on a charge at some point in the future.
Talking to Focus Online (Link in German), BMW say this is not the case. It turns out this was referring to the 12V standard battery which runs all of the low powered systems in the car.
However the excitement doesn’t end there. According to Focus Online BMW said that they are working on a longer range batter for the i-series of car: That currently being the i3 four-seater and the i8 sports two-seater. Transport Evolved has not been able to confirm this first hand.
Would a larger battery be outside of the realms of possibility? Potentially not, at some point in the future anyway. It would bring BMW in line with other manufactures such as Nissan who has also hinted at working on a larger capacity battery for their upcoming models potentially doubling the range of the car.
Last year it was confirmed that BMW was working with Toyota on Lithium Air batteries which are often seen as the ‘answer’ to the energy density problems with current battery technology.
However for Nissan this talk of a longer range has come more than three years into the production of the LEAF. An announcement from BMW at this early stage, where many customers are still waiting on their order, could potentially damage sales. Even leading people to see the current version of the car as another test platform.
What do you think about the possibility of a longer ranged i3? Would knowing that BMW is working on it cause you to defer buying the current version of the car? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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